1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5; 1 Samuel 13:19-23; 1 Samuel 13:6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52
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In 1 Samuel 13 we see Saul's disobedience toward God, through his impatience. I wonder again about us today - are we patient people? Or are we impatient? Do we wait on God when things are not moving as quickly as we would like them to...? Should we be waiting on God or trying to hurry things up like Saul did...? Below is a painting by artist Guye Rowe of Samuel rebuking Saul from today's readings:
Interesting First Samuel chapter 14 readings today! Jonathan was quite brave going to the Philistine camp like he did. Verse 6 was impressive: "Jonathan said to his armor bearer. "Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!"" Fortunately God helped him with an earthquake and what looked to be some unique strength in verse 13: "So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell back as Jonathan and his armor bearer killed them right and left."
Then, Saul seems to be having some power & ego & oath issues in today's readings... First he makes and oath that the men cannot eat until evening - not so wise when in the midst of battle. Then he says in verse 39 - "I vow by the name of the LORD who rescued Israel that the sinner will surely die, even if it is my own son Jonathan!"" Well... it was Jonathan. Fortunately the people were smarter than Saul and saved Jonathan. Below is a painting by the artist C.F. Vos of Saul on this day of battle in today's readings:
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, 'Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.'" 1 Samuel 14:6 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray in thanksgiving that our God is a God who saves! Pray in thanksgiving if you are in a saving relationship with God through your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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